Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Magical Blogorail: Celebrating at Disney - Honeymoons


Welcome to those of you joining me from Frontierland Station and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the final stop on our Magical Blogorail.

There are many things you can celebrate multiple times at Disney World like anniversaries and birthdays, but honeymoons only happen once (of course you can take your spouse on multiple other
"honeymoons" but there is only one first one).  My wife, Carly, and I planned on a Disney vacation for our honeymoon from the get go, but we wanted to do something different.  So we opted for a Disney Cruise Line land and sea voyage.  We did a 4-night cruise on the Disney Dream and then 3 nights at WDW.  It was incredible!  Truly one of the best trips I have been on and probably one of the best I will ever go on.  I could sit here and do a trip report on that vacation, but I could write 20 pages of details that we enjoyed on the trip.  Instead I will give you a few tips about honeymooning at Disney.  The plus is that they will include both Disney Cruises and Walt Disney World.  So here they are:

1. Tell EVERYBODY!
  One of the best pieces of advice I received before my honeymoon at Disney was to tell EVERYONE!  When you make travel arrangements, be sure to let the cast member know you are traveling on your honeymoon.  If you use a Disney certified travel agent, tell them over and over again.  I make sure I ask my clients what they are celebrating so that I can let Disney know or make special arrangements myself.  While you are in the parks, don't be shy, let everyone know why you are there.  It shouldn't be too hard as you will probably be pretty lovey dovey after the wedding anyway.  

2. Splurge on some once in a lifetime events
  While we were planning our honeymoon, I made sure to add some once in a lifetime activities for us to do.  While on the cruise we stopped in Nassau and I opted for us to swim with the dolphins at Atlantis.  Although pricey, we had the best time at this event and we got passes to the Atlantis waterpark included!  Also we indulged in a couples massage.  The experience on the cruise was indeed magical and extremely relaxing.  While I thought it would be a one hour event, our massage included a foot rub, hot tub time, hot stones massage, and then tea and fruit on a balcony.  Did I mention the cucumber water? It was awesome!  But word to the wise, one massage a trip will do fine, when you do two in two days, you tend to get a little sore!  Eat at the restaurants you have always wanted to and stay at the hotel that has always been a little out of reach.  I am not saying go into debt, but I am saying go for those experiences you have always wanted to try!


3. Table Service Meals are the way to go!
  Table service meals can be as intimate and personal as you want them to be.  For instance, when you make reservations for a meal you can put that it is your honeymoon on the reservation or just tell your waiter or waitress when they greet you for drink orders (Tell EVERYBODY).  Table service meals can also be some of the most romantic times of your honeymoon.  Our first night on the Disney Dream, we ate at Remy, a bit pricey, but it was the best dining experience of my life.  We rolled out of the restaurant 3 hours later.  At the world we had lunch at the Brown Derby.  A cobb salad was our selection to share and we received free grapefruit cake and champagne, because we were on our honeymoon (tell EVERYBODY).

4.  Try something new together! (yes even if you are an avid Disney traveler)
  As I have already said, we splurged on things that we would never do if it wasn't a very special occasion.  This is a tough one for us Disney geeks out there, but rack your brain for something that is new and different to try.  The reason we chose a Disney cruise is not because we had never been on a Disney cruise before, it was because we had never been on a cruise at all!  Everything about it was new for us.  When we got to Disney World, we stayed at the Polynesian hotel, a hotel that I had always wanted to stay at growing up, but could never afford to.  Along with old favorites we tried new things like eating at the Brown Derby and even trying out the dream that is eating inside the castle at Cinderella's Royal Table.

5.  Dress the Part!
  Ok so I know any person can just go in and buy the bride and groom ears at a store, but come on if there ever was a time to wear them, your honeymoon is definitely the time!  We wore ours proudly everyday on the ship and at the world.  We also bought matching cruise line t-shirts and sweatshirts that we still wear at the same time together (awwww!!!).  AND DONT FORGET THE BUTTONS!  Get a button that says you are on your honeymoon!  It is so encouraging and fun to hear congrats all day throughout the parks!  You can see our buttons on my camera bag in the pic below.


 6. Don't forget the camera!
  Commemorate your trip with fun pics around the parks.  I know, I know you are on vacation, who thinks about taking pictures?  Well all I know is that our house is full of pics we took from our honeymoon.  It really was the best!  Here is my favorite pic from our trip.  We took this picture with the seven dwarves at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party.


Whew!  After all that, I now can't wait to write some more posts about our honeymoon a.k.a the best trip ever!

Thank you for joining Magical Blogorail Orange this month.  We will be back on July 24th with an all new theme.  Keep checking in with our blogs in between loops to keep up to date with our Disney news, photos, and stories.  If you are looking for more Disney magic, you can make your way over to The Magical Blogorail website to see all our members and their blogs, as well as all our previous loops.

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:
3rd Stop ~ I Am a Mommy Nerd 

18 comments:

  1. Great post Bryce! What an amazing honeymoon---swimming with dolphins at Atlantis sounds amazing. Did you receive any upgrades because you were celebrating a honeymoon?!

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    1. Hayden, swimming with the dolphins was incredible. The best part was the dolphin kick, where the dolphin pushes your feet with its nose and you rise out of the water like a mermaid (merman). Such a powerful and beautiful animal. As to upgrades, no we didn't. We received a lot of free desserts and champagne, but when we checked into the Polynesian we received our lower level room with no upgrade. In all honesty I didn't book a magic kingdom view, because I secretly hoped to get an upgrade and I didn't. So big tip is not to expect anything and be joyful when it does happen.

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  2. I honeymooned in Disneyland, and loved having the just married button. It got us a few magical moments from cast members that we didn't expect.
    What is the most magical experience you had while on your honeymoon?

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    1. Well I can't tell the MOST magical :), but probably our meal at Remy on the Disney Dream. It was incredible and a whole blog post by itself.

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  3. Great tips! My husband and I visited WDW on our honeymoon too. It was so much fun and we got a lot of special treatment because of our buttons.

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    1. The buttons are great no matter the trip!

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  4. My husband and I had a WDW Land & Sea Honeymoon as well, and it really was the best experience! Thanks for sharing your tips!

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  5. Those are great tips not only for a Disney honeymoon, but honeymoons in general.It looks like it was an amazing trip.

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  6. I LOVE that photo with the Dwarfs! It looks like you guys had the trip of a lifetime. :)

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    1. That photo was my idea! The characters really got into it! Worth the wait.

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  7. I wish I had been a WDW fan when we got married! What a fun way to honeymoon! My daughter (10) says she's getting married at the Grand Floridian--I better start saving now! I also love to wish newlyweds congrats when I see the buttons. Do they give those on the ships as well?

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  8. Jodi, they DO give buttons on the cruise. They have Ariel and Eric on them!

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  9. We went of the Disney beaten path and did Vero Beach for our Honeymoon! The perfect pace for a romantic getaway. You may want to think about that for an anniversary. :)

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  10. What FUN!! Makes me want to "fake" a honeymoon to get the attention!! haha!

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  11. Fun way to celebrate the honeymoon - love the picture with the dwarfs! Great tips all around!

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